Rangers look set for yet another overhaul of the playing squad with as many as seven first-team players set to be shown the door this month by director of football Mark Allen.
The Scottish Sun is reporting that Rangers are set to move Bruno Alves, Carlos Pena, Dalcio, Aaron Nemane, Eduardo Herrera, Fabio Cardoso and Lee Hodson on in January but unless there are a raft of new faces coming in the opposite direction it could be a very risky move by the Gers.
In recent weeks the Ibrox side have been short on numbers with David Bates and Jamie Barjonas both starting games alongside 19-year-old Ross McCrorie as the Gers have made use of the club’s Academy but with several first-team players on the sidelines injured, it leaves Graeme Murty’s side even tighter for warm bodies.
Graham Dorrans, Kenny Miller, Lee Wallace and Jordan Rossiter all face – or have faced – substantial time out injured this season while Ryan Jack is currently out of action with no timeline on his recovery.
With as many as seven first-team players heading for the exit door, the question is who replaces them in the starting XI?
So far, Sean Goss is the only signing of the January window – Brighton winger Jamie Murphy is expected to follow suit shortly – but it still leaves some huge gaps.
Losing Alves and Cardoso will leave only Danny Wilson, David Bates and Ross McCrorie as recognised central defenders while Alfredo Morelos and the ever-inconsistent Josh Windass look set to be the club’s only real options at centre-forward.
While few Rangers fans will have much problem with the Gers clearing out much of the deadwood that arrived under Pedro Caixinha, not replacing them will leave Rangers in a far worse place than keeping them at the club will.